Spain’s David Ferrer topped fellow countryman Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Saturday, beating the top-ranked player in the world to the tune of 6-3, 7-5. Ferrer’s opponent for Sunday’s final will be Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to advance.
Ferrer spoke about his win afterwards:
That might have been my best performance of the season.
I played a very complete match and I knew that to beat Rafa I had to give my best. Maybe he started a bit nervously with more errors than usual, but the second set was really tough.
It was a big blow when I couldn’t serve out the match at 5-4. You can’t afford to let opportunities slip against Rafa. In the key moments you always have more self-doubt, but I just tried to put that game behind me and refocus (Reuters).
The victory over Nadal was a rare one of Ferrer, who went into Saturday’s match sporting a 4-20 career win-loss record against Rafa.